Immigrant and Refugee Resources
The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII-pronounced “Tree”) provides: Comprehensive Immigration Benefit Screening, Naturalization, Affirmative Asylum Petitions, Defensive Asylum Petitions, Convention Against Torture (CAT) Relief, Temporary Protected Status, Diversity Lottery, VAWA. T and U Visas
14b Felton Street
Waltham, MA 02453
List of various nonprofit immigration service providers in MA, including those specializing in children/youth.
This organization provides support in the form of adult education and legal help to immigrants from their office in East Boston.
12 Bennington St. Suite 202
East Boston, MA, 02128
Catholic Charities helps recent immigrants and refugees through transition programs and their own educational opportunities.
270 Washington Street
Somerville, MA, 02143
Greater Boston Legal Services
A supportive and multilingual law office in Boston that helps with immigration issues among other things.
197 Friend Street
Boston, MA, 02114
International Institute of New England
Offers citizenship classes for those seeking to take the exam.
2 Boylston Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA, 02116
101 Jackson Street, Suite 2
Lowell, MA. 01852
Provides legal services and counseling support to immigrants.
47 Thorndike Street, SB-LL-1
Cambridge, MA, 02141
Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
Offers legal assistance, advocacy, and refugee support as well as community activism and political campaigns that support the needs of immigrants.
105 Chauncy Street, #901
Boston, MA, 02111
Jewish Family and Children Services
Offers "New American Services" to help with naturalization. This includes many resources for Russian immigrants in particular.
1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA, 02451
Resources for Afghan Refugees
IRAP (International Refugee Assistance Project)
This organization has many networks nationally and internationally to provide displaced refugees with legal aid, private sponsorships, and special immigrant visas (SIV).
Currently, any Afghan refugees that will be arriving will be coming from the bases in the US through resettlement agencies who will be responsible for initially coordinating their resettlement in the area (the resettlement agencies often partner with other community-based organizations). This would include housing, work, school, food, etc. Even though most are not legally refugees, under a law passed in September, they are entitled to refugee benefits. Most of them will need legal services because they only entered on humanitarian parole which does not provide them with any permanent status and lasts only for two years. If they are on humanitarian parole, they are eligible to file for a work permit but would have to file for one. Many of these Afghans may be eligible to file for asylum or special immigration visas for those who helped the US in Afghanistan.
For more information for legal services, click here
JFS (Jewish Family Service of Metrowest)
Afghan Evacuee Crisis project: this includes many resources for Afghan Refugees in particular.
JFS is providing Afghan families with the following forms of aid:
- Housing and rental assistance: Apartments have been set up thoughtfully with furniture, food, and children’s toys to make the families feel welcome from their first steps in their new homes.
- Public benefits application support
- Health and dental insurance applications
- Clothing and food assistance
- Employment support through Jewish Vocational Services (JVS)
- Community/network building (introductions to neighbors, rides to local mosques and Islamic centers)
- The hiring of Dari and Pashto-speaking case managers
475 Franklin Street Suite 101 Framingham MA 01702
15 Lenox Street Springfield 01108
413-737-2601 or 413-737-0323
Local placement and resettlement agencies in Massachusetts for Afghan and Haitian refugees
RIAC offers programs and services that help with refugee resettlement, citizenship applications, community counseling, community support programs, community outreach and education, post resettlement services, and COVID-19 education and mobile vaccine clinics.
253 Roxbury Street Boston 02119
617-238-2430 or 617-238-2431 firstname.lastname@example.org
316 Main St. Suite 804 Worcester, MA 01608
508-756-7557 or 508-756-7708
CCAB offers aid such as basic needs, childcare, elder services, family services, interpreter services, emergency assistance. There are additionally food pantry locations across Eastern Massachusetts.
Catholic Charities operates five shelters across Eastern Massachusetts.
- Our two family shelters are filled by referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). You can view the Emergency Assistance Housing Field Offices here and eligibility requirements here. Currently DHCD staff is working remotely and the housing field office may be accessed through the DHCD Remote Access Line at 1-866-584-0653.
- Catholic Charities operates an emergency women’s shelter in Somerville. St. Patrick's Shelter for Homeless Women houses 30 women in emergency beds on a night-by-night basis. For more information, please call (617) 628-3015.
- Catholic Charities operates a treatment shelter program for women in Newton. Referrals come through the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS).
- Catholic Charities operates Brigid’s Crossing Shelter for Young Mothers in Lowell is filled by referrals from the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
Family Separation Resources
- Refugee Resettlement
Refugees from all corners of the world including Burma, Bhutan, Cuba, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Liberia, Somalia, Sudan and Vietnam are welcomed to Boston by Catholic Charities staff. The newcomers are provided with a modest apartment furnished with basic necessities; and assisted with acculturation, job placement services and English language training. Along with this critical assistance, refugees receive compassion, understanding and positive reassurance from our staff to help in the attainment of independence and self-sufficiency.
- Instructions for how to apply for food stamps aka SNAP Benefits (Haitian Creole version)
- Community Interpreter Services
Community Interpreter Services (CIS) assists limited English speakers in accessing legal, health, educational, and other services. Our highly skilled interpreters serve as a crucial link between service providers and limited English speakers. As an industry leader, CIS interpreters are recognized for their quality and service excellence. Learn about the languages we speak, and request a quote today.
- Immigration Legal Services
Upon arrival in the United States, immigrants face a daunting array of linguistic, economic, cultural and legal challenges. Through immigration legal services, newcomers receive high-quality legal consultation, referral and representation for an array of immigration benefits, such as political asylum, naturalization and family reunification.
- ESOL Classes
Regionally recognized ESOL classes are offered at many locations.
Inc 275 West Broadway Boston 02127
617-464-8100 or 617-464-8150
INFO works with refugees and immigrants to create opportunities for resettlement, education, career advancement and pathways to citizenship. Works with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, United Way and The Mass Office of Refugee Services.
2 Boylston Street, 3rd Floor Boston 02116
617-695-9990 or 617-695-9191
101 Jackson Street, Suite 2 Lowell 01852
978-459-9031 or 978-459-0154
This organization helps with refugee resettlement through ESOL classes, helping with immigration services, and local placements and sponsor families in Western Massachusetts.
Immigration Services Include helping with:
- I-485 Status Adjustment (Legal Permanent Resident Card)
- I-751 Removal of Condition
- Alien Relative Sponsorship (family member)
- AR-11 Change of Address
- I-90 Replacement/Renewal of Permanent Resident Card
- I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé
- I-131 Travel Document
- I-360 Petition for Amerasian. Widower(s), Special Immigrant
- I-765 Employment Authorization Document
- N-400 Naturalization
- N-600 Recognition of U.S. Citizenship
- Translation of Documents
87 Beacon St Florence 01062